How do I begin a bog garden?

greengardener07March 11, 2008

I have an area of my yard that in on low side of a slow progessive slope (just inches, not really noticeable unless you really look). Well, it gets soggy and saturated more so than other parts of the yard.

Should I dig out some soil and make this a bog garden or a dry creek bed?

How do you create a bog garden?

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how much space are you talking about?
what is the soil like?
What is there already?
How much work do you want to put into it?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 4:43AM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

Runoff is not good for a "true" bog garden. That would be acidic low nutient, growing things like CPs and orchids.

Sounds like a nice place for a rain garden or perhaps marginals if it stays wet enough often enough.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 11:46AM
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It gets moderate morning sun and then it pretty much shady thereafter. I would say the length of the area from fence to the side walkway is about 18' to 20' and it would border an existing bed. I was just going to dig down a foot and a half and put in drainage rock, the line the "dry creek bed" with liner then rocks and pebbles.

But if putting in a bog would be easier, I am open to it. I was looking for a FAQ here, but could not find it.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 1:18PM
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